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Questions to Consider on the Eagles and Julio Jones Trade Front - Sports Illustrated
It appears the San Francisco 49ers have emerged as the frontrunner to land Julio Jones, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Saturday. Still lurking in the shadows, though, are the Eagles. A pair of sources confirmed, also on Saturday, a report earlier this week that Philadelphia is indeed sniffing around the Atlanta Falcons superstar receiver. And, if it happens, wouldn’t that bring some extra juice for the season opener, which happens to be in Atlanta against the Falcons?

The 5 pros and cons of trading for Julio Jones - BGN
By now, you’ve all heard the phone call in which Shannon Sharpe surreptitiously got Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones to admit he wants to get out of Atlanta and be traded to another team. While Eagles cornerback Darius Slay is trying to recruit Jones to Philadelphia, general manager Howie Roseman has a decision to make. Adding a player of Jones’ caliber would almost certainly make the offense better, but if they want him, it will likely take one of their two first round picks next season to land him, or perhaps the pick the Eagles received from the Colts, which could either be a second rounder or a first rounder, depending on Carson Wentz’ performance with the Colts in ‘21. Should the Eagles pull the trigger? Here are the “pros” to doing the deal.

Other teams regard Falcons expectations for Julio Jones trade as “outlandish” - PFT
Four days away from a Julio Jones trade potentially becoming official, the Falcons still don’t have an unofficial deal in place for Jones. The problem is that the Falcons still want too much for him. Teams in the know regard the expectations as “outlandish.” The asking price continues to be a first-round pick and full assumption by the new team of his $15.3 million guaranteed salary in 2021, along with another $2 million in guaranteed pay for 2022. Someone leaked to Dianna Russini of ESPN that the Falcons have a first-round pick on the table for Jones. As one league source said in response to that news that, if someone was offering the Falcons a first-round pick for Jones, the Falcons would (or at least should) take it.

Eye On The Enemy #54: Interview with CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr - BGN Radio
On Ep.54 of Eye On The Enemy, John Stolnis interviews CBS Sports’ NFL writer Jeff Kerr. They discussed the Julio Jones trade, Nick Sirianni impressions, Carson in Indy and broke down the Eagles’ schedule for this year. Kerr also shared his thoughts on how the Birds will do in the NFC East.

Eagles podcast: Observations from the first full-team practice, and June 1 speculation - PhillyVoice
In the latest episode of BGN Radio, Brandon Gowton and I discussed the Eagles’ first full-team practice of 2021, the teams’ football ops changes, and what roster moves we can perhaps look forward to with June 1 on the horizon.

Garrett Gilbert is currently functioning as the Cowboys primary backup to Dak Prescott - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys and head coach Mike McCarthy have made it known that they could be in the market for a different number two. They previously brought in Jeff Driskell for a visit, and then followed that up with Brett Hundley. Driskell signed with the Texans, Hundley remains unsigned. The QB free agent market is pretty slim right now. Guys like Brett Hundley, Robert Griffin III, Nick Mullens and Matt Barkley are available. The Cowboys might be waiting until later in the offseason when a veteran QB or two could be cut from other teams for various reasons. Or McCarthy might have decided Gilbert is his best option.

Saquon Barkley and Leonard Williams: Comeback and Defensive Player of the Year candidates - Big Blue View
The oddsmakers are continuing to make their bets and two new New York Giants have appeared on recent lists. According to www.BetOnline.ag, Giants defensive end Leonard Williams has 50/1 odds to be named the 2021-2022 Defensive Player of the Year. He is 30th on the list of 45 players. Los Angeles Rams DE Aaron Donald (9/2), Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett (11/2) and Pittsburgh Steelers LB TJ Watt (9/1) have the three best odds on the list. Additionally, running back Saquon Barkley was on the 2021-22 Comeback Player of the Year list. He had the second best odds in the league at 6/1 behind Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (5/2). Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (15/2) rounded out the top three. Both Williams and Barkley are well-positioned for strong seasons next year.

New Patriots DB Jalen Mills: ‘I’m all in with this team’ - NFL.com
“I was brought up with a great group of veterans guys when I was drafted into Philly,” said this week at organized team activities, via the team website’s Mike Dussault. “They always told me, ‘you don’t win games in April, May, June, but you do lay the foundation.’ The foundation is what you always go back on when you get in those games and it’s the fourth quarter and it’s that last play to win the game. You always go back on the foundation and all the hard work you put in the off-season. So that’s always been my mindset to come and compete, also coming into a new team to show [owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft, [head] coach Bill [Belichick] and the coaching staff, and also the players here, that I’m all in with this team and this organization. I came to work hard.”

WATCH: Chelsea Champions League trophy lift, celebrations - We Ain’t Got No History
Chelsea are Champions of Europe! That’s it. That’s the story. Love you all! [BLG Note: LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOO!]

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